2016 Fantasy Football Draft Rankings: By position

Steelers wideout Antonio Brown seems to be the consesnus No. 1 pick in most drafts. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

(WTNH)–Fantasy football season is here, and that means it’s time for you to obsess over things like the Chargers’ third-string wide receiver, the number of carries your starting running back got in preseason game No. 2, and finding any way possible to embarass the cocky co-worker sitting at the pod adjacent to you (I’m talking to you, Darren Kramer).

SportzEdge will be offering up our best fantasy football advice all season long. We start by ranking our top 8 players at each position (you know, 8 for News 8). It’s clever.

Check it out below:

kels12 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Rankings: By position Kels Dayton:


1. Cam Newton (even though he didn’t dive)
2. Aaron Rodgers
3. Ben Roethlisberger (he’s got a lot of weapons, plus I drafted him)
4. Russell Wilson
5. Andrew Luck
6. Eli Manning (my boy)
7. Tom Brady
8. Marcus Mariota (sleeper)

Running backs

Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley runs the ball during NFL football practice, Friday, June 3, 2016, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Dayton thinks Todd Gurley will be the best running back in the league this year. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

1. Todd Gurley (think he’s only getting better)
2. Le’Veon Bell (worth taking despite 3-game suspension)
3. Adrian Peterson
4. Devonta Freeman
5. Ezekiel Elliott (high ranking for a rook, but he looks worth it)
6. Doug Martin
7. LeSean McCoy (will always get a ton of carries in Rex Ryan’s offense)
8. David Johnson (think he’s a little overrated)

Wide receivers

1. Antonio Brown (dude is nasty)
2. Odell Beckham Jr. (numbers could be down because he’s got a lot of help)
3. Julio Jones
4. DeAndre Hopkins (took him 9th overall in our draft)
5. A.J. Green
6. Jordy Nelson
7. Allen Robinson
8. Dez Bryant (counting on Dak, though)

Tight Ends

1. Gronk (not even close)
2. Greg Olsen
3. Jordan Reed
4. Delanie Walker (cool name)
5. Gary Barnidge
6. Travis Kelce
7. Julius Thomas (not as good without Peyton)
8. Antonio Gates


Seattle Seahawks defensive players (from left) DeShawn Shead, Earl Thomas, and Richard Sherman, greet each other during a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
The Seahawks’ D still gets the top spot for Dayton, thanks to ball-hawking DB’s like Earl Thomas. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

1. Seattle (home field plus ball-hawking secondary gives them slight edge)
2. Denver
3. Carolina
4. Cincinnati (love their ability to cause turnovers)
5. Buffalo
6. Kansas City
7. Los Angeles (still weird to type)
8. Arizona


Nobody cares about kickers.

pierson 640x480 20100426104003 320 240 150x150 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Rankings: By positionJohn Pierson:



1. Cam Newton (Pierson loves to dab)
2. Aaron Rodgers
3. Andrew Luck
4. Ben Roethlisberger
5. Eli Manning
6. Tom Brady (still get him for 12 weeks)
7. Jameis Winston (sleeper pick)
8. Drew Brees

Running backs

Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls (34) runs away from Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) during the first half an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Big things are expected from Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls this year. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

1. Adrian Peterson
2. Todd Gurley
3. Lamar Miller (could be ready to break out in Houston)
4. Le’Veon Bell
5. Doug Martin
6. David Johnson
7. Thomas Rawls (had a big season in place of Lynch last year)
8. Carlos Hyde

Wide receivers

1. Antonio Brown
2. Odell Beckham Jr.
3. DeAndre Hopkins
4. Julio Jones
5. A.J. Green
6. Amari Cooper
7. Allen Robinson (this dude is underrated)
8. Dez Bryant

Houston Texans strong safety Quintin Demps (27) and strong safety Kevin Johnson (30) break up a pass intended for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson (15) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Jaguars wideout Allen Robinson is quietly one of the best in the league. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Tight ends

1. Jordan Reed (bold pick right here, Cotton)
2. Rob Gronkowski
3. Zach Miller
4. Travis Kelce (another cool name)
5. Greg Olsen
6. Tyler Eifert
7. Jimmy Graham
8. Delanie Walker


1. Denver
2. Carolina
3. Arizona
4. Seattle
5. Kansas City
6. Los Angeles (Aaron Donald and Alec Ogletree are beasts)
7. Green Bay
8. Buffalo


1. Stephen Gotkowski
2. Graham Gano
3. Mason Crosby
4. Cairo Santos (another cool name)
5. Steven Hauschka
6. Justin Tucker
7. Josh Brown
8. Chandler Catanzaro

John Says: “If I had the top pick, I would take Antonio Brown.”

henry 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Rankings: By positionHenry Chisholm:


1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Andrew Luck
3. Carson Palmer (he fell during our News 8 draft)
4. Cam Newton
5. Andy Dalton
6. Drew Brees
7. Russell Wilson
8. Tyrod Taylor

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Fans everywhere are expecting big things out of Cowboys rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Running Backs 

1. Le’Veon Bell
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Ezekiel Elliott
4. Todd Gurley
5. Eddie Lacy (primed for a breakout year)
6. Lamar Miller
7. Thomas Rawls
8. David Johnson

Wide Receivers

1. Antonio Brown
2. Julio Jones
3. DeAndre Hopkins
4. Odell Beckham Jr.
5. Keenan Allen (also ready for breakout season)
6. Jordy Nelson
7. Brandon Marshall
8. Dez Bryant

Tight Ends

1. Gronk (no first name needed)
2. Delanie Walker
3. Greg Olsen
4. Travis Kelce
5. Zach Ertz
6. Julius Thomas
7. Jordan Reed
6. Coby Fleener


1. Broncos
2. Seahawks
3. Rams
4. Bills
5. Panthers
6. Vikings
7. Cardinals
8. Texans

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) celebrates his game-tying field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in Denver. Denver and New England will play in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)
This picture actually makes a kicker (Stephen Gostkowski, who’s good) look cool. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)


1. Stephen Gostkowski
2. Adam Vinitieri (amazing how 2 former Pats are 1-2)
3. Graham Gano
4. Steven Hauschka
5. Mason Crosby
6. Dan Bailey
7. Justin Tucker
8. Robbie Gould

Erik-Dobratz_20130228143436_320_240-150x150 Erik Dobratz:


1. Aaron Rodgers (jordy is back)
2. Tom Brady (what suspension, pick a backup and ride it out)
3. Big Ben R (hard name to spell)
4. Cam Newtwon
5. Andew Luck
6. Eli Manning (never hurt) (Ed’s note: Don’t jinx him!)
7. Russell Wilson
8. Drew Bress

Running backs:

1. Adrian Peterson
2. Todd Gurley
3. LeVeon Bell
4. David Johnson
5. Devonta Freeman
6. Eddie Lacy (bounce back year)
7. Lamar Miller
8. Ezekiel Elliot

Wide receivers: 

1. Antonio (no last names needed, that good)
2. Odell
3. Julio
4. DeAndre Hopkins
5. Dez Bryant
6. A.J. Green
7. Brandon Marshall
8. Alshon Jeffery (he’s on my team)

Tight ends:

1. Gronk
2. Jordan Reed
3. Greg Olsen (the U)
4. Tyler Eifert
5. Jimmy Graham (pick him and stash him for when he’s healthy)
6. Delanie Walker
7. Zach Ertz
8. Jason Witten


1. Seattle
2. Carolina
3. Denver
4. Houston
5. Kansas City
6. Cincy
7. Jets (sacks)
8. Raiders

SLEEPER PICKS: Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans, Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants, LaGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots, Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions, Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions, Josh Doctson, WR, Washington Redskins, Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings.

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